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Entropy 2010, 12(5), 1006-1020; doi:10.3390/e12051006

Multi-Criteria Evaluation of Energy Systems with Sustainability Considerations

1,*  and 2
1 School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Heroon Polytechniou 9, 157 80 Zografou, Greece 2 Athanasiou Krinou 10, 84 100 Ermoupoli, Syros, Greece
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Received: 25 February 2010 / Revised: 8 March 2010 / Accepted: 23 April 2010 / Published: 27 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exergy: Analysis and Applications)
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A multi-criteria approach is presented for the assessment of alternative means for covering the energy needs (electricity and heat) of an industrial unit, taking into consideration sustainability aspects. The procedure is first described in general terms: proper indicators are defined; next they are grouped in order to form sub-indices, which are then used to determine the composite sustainability index. The procedure is applied for the evaluation of three alternative systems. The three systems are placed in order of preference, which depends on the criteria used. In addition to conclusions reached as a result of the particular case study, recommendations for future work are given.
Keywords: energy systems; exergy analysis; multi-criteria evaluation; sustainability energy systems; exergy analysis; multi-criteria evaluation; sustainability
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Frangopoulos, C.A.; Keramioti, D.E. Multi-Criteria Evaluation of Energy Systems with Sustainability Considerations. Entropy 2010, 12, 1006-1020.

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